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NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle – A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you favor a relaxed homeschool science approach, you’ll want to check out NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience. With selections covering topics ranging from math in Art to Marine Biology to sharks to geology and more families should find everything they desire for Science. Combing short unit studies with only one to a few lessons, 3 week courses, and 6 week courses, selections suit every family’s needs.  Because the learning occurs online a reliable, fast Internet connection must be available.

Gloria Brooks started teaching/facilitating numerous homeschool and unschooled students around the world.  She holds a bachelors’ degree in K-12 education along with certifications from the Wilderness Awareness school.  She also has over 20 years of eclectic teaching and student self-directected learning experiences in both private schools as well as online courses through NatureGlo’s eScience (which provides a one-stop e-learning center for students ages 10 and up that is nature-based)

My daughter and I appreciate the flexibility of being able to pick and choose from a variety of courses to create the perfect learning experience.  We have the flexibility to select from courses with only a few lessons to ones that are 6 weeks in length.  Because we elected to take a relaxes approach to science, she found this site perfect for her needs.

All lessons include a mixture of instructional videos, activities, additional resources including downloads, online quizzes, websites to visit and more. As students move through the courses, they mark the lessons as complete. Once families log in to the site, tabs are available to select the dashboard, their courses, their grades, achievements, certificates, notifications and more.

On the grade page, students can track their progress and see their grades.

For this review, our high school daughter elected to begin with courses on Leonardo da Vinici.  She has studied him in the past and wanted to learn more about him, considering she loves art.  The Life and Mathematical Art of Leonardo da Vinci consists of two lessons. The lessons focus on a pre-lesson about The Mona Lisa, a main lesson that includes videos, websites to visit, and suggested activities, along with a second lesson focused on da Vinci’s Platonic Solids and his notebooks.  Given that our daughter has accumulated a number of notebooks filled with her drawings and artistic endeavors, she appreciated this course.  She completed an online quiz about what items da Vinci drew actually became.  Some of the answers included a tank, which she liked since her dad serves in the military.

Another course we elected to review consisted of a 3-week course on snowflakes.  This course includes the examination of types of mathematics found in snowflakes such as symmetry, types of lines, hexagonal prisms and more.  Our daughter appreciated the pace of the videos, the depth of the explanations as well as the printouts and slides available to download. The lesson explores geometry in snowflakes such as angles including right angles with an activity to complete.

With journaling activities, art activities, short answer questions and more the downloads in these courses provide connections and opportunities to branch off on rabbit trails to allow students to explore what interests them.

Other courses available include a 6-week Marine Biology course that examines Oceanography, Marine Plants, & Invertebrates.  The course explores the 5 major oceans, the ocean zones, waves and currents, Marine Algae and plants, Marine Diatoms and more.

Another course students may study is MathArt: Polygons and Patterns in Nature Online Course.  This course explores topics such as finding polygons and polyhedra in your own backyard, Interactive Polygons, Art connections, literature connections, the 13 Archimedean Solids, among other topics. Our daughter desires to draw manga and works consistently on this endeavor, so she was excited that one of the activities was a comic version of the story of Archimedes.

You can find NatureGlo’s eScience on Social Media at the following links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natureglo1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@natureglo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natureglosescience/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nesschool/
YouTube: youtube.com/user/1hasc

So if you are looking for a relaxed homeschool science approach, you’ll want to check out NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this bundle this week. So click here or on the graphic below and read more of their reviews.

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Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C from Institute for Excellence in Writing® – A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you have struggled to teach writing, I encourage you to check out Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C from Institute for Excellence in Writing®. Very early on in our homeschooling journey, we discovered Institute for Excellence in Writing® and more specifically Mr. Andrew Pudewa. Our oldest son, in the fifth grade, detested writing with a passion. Teaching writing took on nightmarish qualities and resulted in tears. Once we discovered IEW, writing became less of a chore.

 Institute for Excellence in Writing® provides a wealth of writing resources ranging from the Structure and Style®, Fix-It! Grammar, Spelling, Teacher Helps, Professional Development and more. The Structure and Style® for Students Level C consists of a Printed spiral bound Teacher Manual, a three-ring student binder along with access to streaming videos. When we first encountered IEW years ago, the videos came in the form of DVDs. Streaming the videos allows families to take less with them if they are on the go. Also, it eliminates the concern of damaged DVDs.

One our family’s (especially my three sons) favorite things about these courses resides in the source literature choices. Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C provides students with step-by-step instructions and guidelines for becoming proficient at writing. Designed for high school students, I feel our sons have a firm grasp on writing. With our middle two sons preparing to enter college within the next year, and a daughter nearing the end of her high school homeschooling journey I felt this course would be perfect for reviewing writing skills.

The lessons include streaming videos, exercises and homework. One of our favorite parts about the videos remains the lessons being presented in front of a live classroom. The instructional portion from the streaming videos allows me to concentrate on other things besides preparing lessons or figuring out what I want our children to complete when writing. Check out these pages from the Student notebook and the Teacher Manual.

Our daughter (and our sons when they utilized the program) appreciate being told exactly what they need to do to complete each writing assignment. The expectations provide guidance on what will be graded and what needs to be done. My daughter watches the video, follows along the assignments, completes the homework, and then hands it to me to be graded. Once graded, she places it in her notebook and moves on to the next assignment.

In Week 3, which our daughter is currently working on now, the source material is “Caesar and the Pirates”. Literature suggestions are also provided. Optional assignments from Fix It! Grammar provide an additional source of language arts material. Check out what she completed so far this week.

You can find IEW® on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/excellenceinwriting/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iew
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iew/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/iew/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/iewtv/featured

Truly writing produces anxiety and more in both parents/teachers and students alike. Trying to convince reluctant writers to actually write provides difficulty in the best of circumstances at times; however, Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C from Institute for Excellence in Writing® allows families to embark on a writing journey that provides writing instruction along with the ability to include grammar and literature in a way that sheds meaning on the subject.

The biggest excitement one of my children ever had (and even though he turned 24 this summer) resulted from our oldest son riding in an elevator with Mr. Pudewa at a homeschool convention. Both in person and in the videos Mr. Pudewa’s personality and passion for writing come across. So if you are looking for a writing curriculum, I strongly recommend checking this product out for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew share their experiences and thoughts about this product this week. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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My Teaching Library Download Club- A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


If you are looking for educational resources to add to your homeschool, be sure to check out the Download Club from My Teaching Library. With two children in high school and nearing the end of their homeschooling journey, online homeschooling resources have become valuable to our family. I love having the freedom and flexibility to select resources which work for our family. For this review, we received a one-year subscription that allows us to access all downloads and all the other resources on the site.

My Teaching Library offers the flexibility of either purchasing just the specific resource you need or getting a subscription that allows your family unlimited downloads. With resources from Pre-K to Twelfth grade, this site has a lot of resources to offer. The site offers resources for:

  • Arts
  • Character Education
  • Electives
  • Language Arts
  • Languages
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Miscellaneous Areas
    • Skills and Concepts
    • Classroom management
    • Family and Home
    • and more

The site offers educational videos, diplomas, coloring pages, flash cards, and more. Families have the option to pick resources that work for their family. Whether you need materials for notebooking, worksheets, or just want items to keep younger children occupied while you teach your older children, you should be able to find waht you need on this site.

Whether you need resources for your Pre-K student or high school resources or a mix of all the grades, you may find exactly what you are looking for on this site. I loved the ease of navigating and downloading on this site. I just selected the resources I wanted to download them. Then the resources were added to my download center where I could download them all or just particular ones at one time.

Because our children are in high school, I concentrated on two major areas: math and music. We selected a Geometry resource entitled “30 Minutes A Day to Geometry” as our first resource. It comes as a PDF download. So I elected to print out some initial pages, but I also loaded it to a note-taking app to allow for learning on the go. Here are some sample pages from this book.

This Geometry book covers topics such as:

  • The Basci Building Blocks of Geometry
  • Types of Angles
  • Working with Lines
  • Measuring Angles
  • and more

I selected this book for our 17-year-old daughter to use. She is not necessarily a mathematics lover, so I thought perhaps this book would be one she could make work. She found it adequate, which was acceptable to me.

The second resource I selected was The History of Music. I selected this book because our youngest son and third-born child plans on majoring in music in college. So I thought this would be the perfect homeschooling resource for him. This book covers everything from Ancient Music to Medieval Music to the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and ends with the Middle Nineteenth Century. I elected for him to just read this book and then verbally tell me different things he discovered. We are using it more than a Unit Study approach instead of a complete textbook. Here are some pages from this resource:

You can find My Teaching Library on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyTeachingLibrary/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/homeschool_mtl
Instagram:
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lyndaackert/my-teaching-library/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLCFIasgcKaLD5lHu2x6bNA

So if you are looking for educational resources that include notebooking, homeschooling worksheets and more, you need to examine the educational resources to add to your homeschool, because the Download Club from My Teaching Library may be exactly what you need.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on the Download Club from My Teaching Library this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network – A Review

The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network - A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

We are using The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for Bible instruction.  With a husband who is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher, I am always on the lookout for new resources for our family to use for Bible study time, since I know the importance of spending time in God’s Word.  We can not develop a deeper relationship with Him unless we spend time reading the Bible and praying.  So when we had the opportunity to review this six volume set, I was excited to examine it.

According to their website, The LIFE Network’s mission is, “The LIFE Network is dedicated to the production, publishing, presentation, and provision of Christian learning resources.”

Allen L. Elder is the author and the founder of The LIFE Network.  Perhaps because he is from South Carolina, and I called South Carolina home for a number of years or perhaps because he is an ordained minister, I felt a connection with him and therefore his resources.

All of us as Christians are called to fulfill the Great Commission of going out and creating disciples of God.  I can remember my husband’s paternal grandfather (and an ordained minister) repeatedly stating to us that he was told to go out and tell God’s People what God had done for Him and I strongly believe in that ideal.  As a parent, I want our children to be able to commit to that idea as well.

This set of 6 physical volumes are meant to be interacted with and used for your family’s own unique experience.  The six volumes include the following:

  • VOLUME 1 – THE BIBLE’S STORY: GENESIS 1-11
  • VOLUME 2 – ABRAHAM AND ISRAEL
  • VOLUME 3 – THE STRUCTURE OF THE BIBLE
  • VOLUME 4 – THE LIFE OF JESUS ON EARTH
  • VOLUME 5 – THE CHURCH
  • VOLUME 6 – YOUR PART IN THE STORY

Here are pictures of each volume along with pages from inside them.

The LIFE Plan Volumes

 

Since our family has gone through the story of Creation and the book of Genesis numerous times, I decided we would skip to Volume 3 instead and look at the structure of the Bible first.  My intention is for our family to go through these books at a pace that allows us to dive deeper into ideas that capture our attention or that we desire to learn more about from any lesson.  I love that all you need to use these materials are the workbooks, a Bible or Bible App, some type of paper, pencils or pens, and I would recommend highlighters.

Each volume has 36 chapters.  So theoretically a family could go through one volume per school year.  Or if your family choses to do it year round, you could do it quicker than that.

Each lesson includes the aim of the lesson, background information, Scripture pages to read, outlines, a lesson glossary, and questions to complete.  At the end of each volume the answers are provided.

Our youngest child is 17, so I allowed everyone to do the reading and the questions on their own.  Then we came together to discuss the background, discuss the answers to the questions, and add any additional thoughts any of us might have had.

I appreciate that only the Scripture references are given too families can use the Bibles of their choice. Here are some pages from Volume 3 along with some pages we have completed.

VOLUME 3 - THE STRUCTURE OF the Bible

You can find The LIFE Network on Social media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-LIFE-Network-107086190833458/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUTsUJO23JGLPF1oi3lRZZg

So if your family is looking for a Bible curriculum designed for disciple-making check out        The LIFE Plan from The LIFE Network for yourselves.  It is worth examining.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts and experiences with this product this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more of their reviews.

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Experience Biology REview

 

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I am so thankful that there are online courses for homeschool biology such as Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  When our three sons completed Biology, they used a normal textbook.  However, I knew I wanted something different for our daughter.  So I was excited to review this online product with our daughter.  For this review, we received the Advanced Mastery Program which includes:

  • 35 weeks of lessons
  • Student Guidebook that contains outlines for the student to complete
  • Research Questions
  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Quarterly Exams
  • Course Guide
  • Lab Manual and Videos
  • Certificate of Completion

Parents have the option to either print out the materials from PDF files or to order the Student Guidebook and Lab book as spiral-bound books in color.  We elected to print the materials ourselves.  The Riot and the Dance is an optional textbook families can purchase.  We elected to not purchase the textbook.

Experience Biology 1

For several years, I have enjoyed reading posts by Luke and Tricia Gilkerson.  It excited me when they introduced their science materials.  For this course, Luke does the videos and Tricia does the labs.  The videos are of top quality and very engaging.  This course is a college-prep course.  They give families a full year to complete the materials, even though the course is only 35 weeks.  As homeschooling families, things do not always go as we plan, so having that extra time allotted is helpful.

Experience Biology 2

When I was in high school, one part of Biology I despised and had difficulty with was the dissections. The smells just about did me in, so I was glad the videos provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the dissection, so our daughter will complete those on her own. I also appreciate how a sample lab report is available in the Resource Section of the Parent site, so our daughter could see what a lab report should look like.

Experience Biology Upper Level Student Guidebook

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • The Chemistry of Life
  • Cytology
  • Cellular Metabolism Part I, II, III
  • Life Cycle of a Cell
  • Genetics Parts I and II
  • Living Organisms
  • Microbiology
  • Kingdom Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia
  • The Worms
  • Creatures in the Sea
  • Phylum Mollusca, Arthropoda, Chordata,
  • Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Ecology

Students complete note-taking activities, research questions, labs, quizzes, and exams.   The exams come after lesson 9, lesson 17, lesson 26, and lesson 34.

More Experience Biology

Parents can monitor their student’s progress from the parental dashboard.  They require students to have their own unique email address to log in.  My one wish for this program is for the parental dashboard to provide everything the student sees and receives.  But that is a minor detail for me.
You can Journey Homeschool Academy on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: facebook.com/intoxicatedonlife
Instagram: @intoxicatedonlifeblog

So if you are looking for a homeschool biology course for elementary school, a homeschool astronomy course, or a high school homeschool biology check out Experience Biology: Upper Level from Journey Homeschool Academy.  I am sure you will be glad you did.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Experience Biology: Upper Level and Experience Astronomy: Elementary and Experience Biology: Elementary this week.  So check out their reviews by click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are looking for a homeschool STEM project, you’ll want to check out the High School STEM Innovator Pack from Pitsco Education. This pack is designed for grades Grades 9-12.  The kit comes with all the necessary materials and printed instructions for five kits your student can create.  The instructions are designed for the student and limited involvement from the parents are to be expected.  According to their website, “Our scalable resources enable students to practice the future-ready skills they’ll need no matter their path after school – all while integrating STEM disciplines in real-life, practical scenarios.”

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This kit contains supplies for making catapult, a Trebuchets, a Kite kit and a solar car. Perhaps if her oldest brother still lived at home and she could have made these projects with him, she would have been more interested.  I have to say these projects are perfect for those with patience for doing sometimes tedious work or work that requires hand strength.  Hand strength is something my daughter and I do not have.  In addition to the supplies to make the items, pamphlets are included to provide additional instructions, information, and activities for the students to complete.

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I also must admit we had to look up the definition of a “trebuchets”.  From the picture, I could tell it was some kind of catapult, but I was not sure exactly what it was used for. When we did a Google search, here is what we discovered.  A Trebuchet is a type of catapult utilizes a long arm to throw a projectile. It was commonly used as a weapon until gunpowder came to be.  When we tried making this project, again a lack of hand strength coupled with the thin string we were supposed to use prevented us from completing this project.  The goal is for her father to help her with this later this week.

As I said before this kit would have been perfect for our oldest son when he was in high school.  he would have taken the kit and gone off and built everything in it.  However, my daughter was not so inclined.

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However, I must say from our family’s experience, our daughter required assistance from her father.  I wish I could say she loved this product, but I can not.  When building the solar car, her dad had to basically build the car because he had the strength to put pieces together that she and I were unable to do. Here are some pictures while making the car.

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My husband enjoyed building the car for the most part and was excited to see it run.  He appreciated how the instructions could be downloaded if the instructions became lost or damaged.  We also appreciated how all of the kits came in one box that allowed everything to be kept together until we were ready to use it.

Here is a video of the car going on our driveway.

 

You can find Pitsco Education on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PitscoEducation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pitscoed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pitscoed/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pitscoeducation/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PitscoEd

You can enter here for your chance to win your own High School STEM Innovator Pack

So if you are looking for hands-on learning opportunities check out Pitsco Education and their homeschool STEM projects for your family.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this product as well as other products from Pitsco Education this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Math Refreshers for Adults from Math Essentials – A Review

Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials - A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

If you need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Our second son is 21-years-old, and when he graduated from high school, he was not certain of what he wanted to do for a career.  Since we knew we would be moving again, he decided to take some time deciding what he wanted to do.  Now we have moved and he has decided he wants to get a culinary degree.  So when we had the opportunity to review the Math Refresher for Adults book, I knew it would be perfect for our son to get some practice on his math skills.

Perhaps because I was a high school math teacher in the past, I can appreciate Rick Fisher’s desire to develop unique math materials that allow students to achieve success. As a public school teacher for over 31 years, Rick Fisher has the ability and experience to achieve this objective.

Table of Contents Pages

Math Refresher for Adults provides the perfect platform for those who may have a math phobia, those who want to help their children with their homework, for those returning to college, for those applying for a job that requires passing a math competency test, those preparing for the GED, SAT or other standardized tests and more.

This book includes basic math, geometry, problem-solving, Pre-Algebra and Algebra, A Math Resource section, access to free video tutorials for each topic, and more.  Our son who is using this book has strived for getting perfect scores for each lesson.  So he goes through a lesson, checks his answers, and then goes back through those questions he had problems with until he gets them right.  Sometimes that means he just needs to rework the problem while other times he has to work backward from the answer to see what he did wrong.

Completed Pages

Our son is working straight through the book, however, it can be used in whatever manner suits the student.  For example, if a student only needs to brush up on certain skills or topics they can jump directly to that topic.

So far he has done about 40 pages in the workbook, including some tests.  He is pleased with his progress so far.  He seems to believe he is demonstrating how much difference a few years has made in his ability to understand and complete math sheets now versus several years ago.  I believe part of this rests on the fact he is self-motivated to complete the work.  Plus, he has set the standards he wants to achieve himself.

Here are some pages our son has completed:

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As someone who loves math, I appreciate the books from Math Essentials because I have children who do not share my passion for math.  Math Essentials provides materials that allow my children to achieve success in math.

In 2018, our family reviewed this same book, and you can read that review here. And in  August of 2017, our family reviewed another product by Math Essentials called No-Nonsense Algebra, you can check out our review by clicking here.  I hope you will check out Math Essentials and the products they offer for yourself.  You can find Math Essentials on social media on Facebook.  So whether you are looking to brush up on math skills, need assistance with general math, or need help with Algebra, check out Math Essentials for your homeschool math requirements.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on Math Refresher for Adults, No-Nonsense Algebra, as well as Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School/. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

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I am always on the lookout for great homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I am not confident in my ability to teach drawing to my children.  More importantly, I am the one who wants to learn how to draw and complete other artistic endeavors.  I have been blessed with four children ages almost 24 to 17 who have been gifted with artistic talent. I wish to develop my own talent as well.

Sally, the person behind this online art program, is a homeschooling mom herself who graduated from the Loughborough College of Art and Design in England.  This program contains lessons in drawing, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, and 3D design for 180 art lessons.. In addition to the online course, high-quality supplies are also required to complete the lessons.

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Lists of supplies are provided for all sections.  Some of those supplies include Prismacolor® Premier® Art Marker Set, Chisel/Fine Primary Set, 12-Color, a ream of copy paper, masking tape, mechanical or HB pencils and a 2B pencil, putty eraser, Strathmore Sketch Spiral Pad 11×14 – 100 sheets, Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor pad, Sharpie ultra fine point marker, Cotman watercolor paint, a palette, tracing paper and more.  It is important to have the specific supplies recommended because of the quality of the results.

I set a goal of trying to work on the program at least three times a week, however, life as a homeschooling military mother and wife did not always make that possible.  I am still in the drawing course, and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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One of the things I like most about this course revolves around the entire family can do the program together at the same time.  The lessons have to be completed sequentially, so you are unable to move on to another lesson   I love the length of the videos should not be overwhelming to younger children. The videos are easy to follow and understand.  The instructions are clear and Sally provides excelletn step by step illustrations to follow.

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In addition to the videos, frequently workbooks are provided as well for additional instruction.  While older students may find some of the initial lessons easier than they would like, those initial lessons lay the foundation for what is to come.  As someone who does not claim to be artistic but has artistically talented children, I love that there is nothing I would have to do for my children to begin learning beyond purchasing the needed materials.

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You can find Sally and Beyond the Stick Figure Art School on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

So whether you are looking for your family to learn to draw, learn to paint, or are looking for a comprehensive homeschool art curriculum, check out homeschool art, learn to draw, learn to paint, homeschool art curriculum such as the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School for yourself.  I know I look forward to completing the entire program.

Be sure to click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting – A Review

Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting - A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. High school record keeping, especially transcripts can be so overwhelming for parents so you should consider this book from Everyday Education LLC that teaches italic handwriting.

This book is available in both a physical form and an ebook form.  It contains sixty lessons designed to help the student learn italic penmanship by moving from straight penmanship to slanted and joined.  I decided to participate in this review primarily for myself because of the edged pen practice.  However, I may have our teenage daughter work through this book at some point.

I love how this program is designed to be completed in only 60 days.  I know when our children were younger they frequently became bored with doing the same type of things over and over again This program is designed to assist with both reading and writing well.  The copywork is perfect for those families who prefer to use a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool.  Addressing everything from proper posture to holding a pen properly to spacing, slanting, and sizing, this book offers it all.

Depending on the age of the person either being taught or using the book, different ways of using the book are given.  I firmly believe in the importance of children learning to read and being able to read well.  As a child, I was taught the love of reading, so I was never lonely or bored because I always had a book with me.  Perhaps because my husband is in the military and by the age of ten our children needed to be able to properly write their signature in a relatively small block in order to be issued their military identification card, I believe that good handwriting is a necessity, but beautiful handwriting is even better.  I truly believe handwriting can be an art form.

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Everyone needs to go through Chapter 2 before moving on to the other chapters in the book.  Because my goal was to learn to use an edged pen (or calligraphy style pen), I read through the material at the beginning of the book and then went through chapter 2.  Because I was able to download this book, I added it to an app on my iPad so  I could practice on the go with my Apple pen for Chapter 2 in addition to doing it on paper.

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I have to say, I found the edged pen a little more challenging than I expected.  Because of the soft tip of the pen I used, I found it difficult to form letters such as “e’ with as much finesse as I wanted them to have.  But I do plan on continuing to practice.  I also found that using the edged pen I selected  I had difficulty some times fitting all of the letters of all of the words on the lines provided.  So I think I would have benefited from using a different paper.

You can find Janice Campbell and Everyday Education, LLC on social media at the following links: Facebook either here or here, Twitter either here or here, Instagram, and Pinterest.

So if you are looking for a way to introduce reading and penmanship for young children or you are looking for some to help a learner who is struggling, you just want to have beautiful handwriting yourself, check out this book for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this ebook this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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Review of the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

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My daughter is loving the variety of High School courses available with the High School courses from the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com..  For a number of years our family has benefited from the resources and courses available within this online subscription.  Whether I am looking for resources and courses for our children or I am looking for resources for myself, this site has a lot to offer.

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From core courses to electives,SchoolhouseTeachers.com has all kinds of choices to select from no matter what topic or age you are searching for or desire.  One of my favorite things about this site is how they are always updating their site and constantly are adding more value for their subscribers.

On the site you will find Online Classes, Online Electives, Elementary Homeschool Courses, Middle School Homeschool Courses, High School Homeschool Courses, Homeschool parent support, access to RightNow Media material, access to World Book material, even Homeschool Planners and more.  There is also a forum where you can connect with other homeschooling parents.

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Because I am only homeschooling high school students currently, that is the section where I spend the bulk of my time.  From courses to electives to even concepts like starting a micro business, a wealth of information is presented. Here you can see some of the topics available  for high school students and parents.

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From courses with customizable lesson plans for subjects like French which our daughter wanted to study, to science courses for our son, I always can find something for our family to use.  Our daughter prefers to do work on paper rather than looking at a computer screen typically, so when preparing for the school year I printed everything out for her.  Since we are currently in flux preparing for a cross-country move, she has not actually started the French program yet in depth.  However, she has spent some time looking over the materials and feels confident she will learn a lot from this course.

I love having the freedom and flexibility to adapt the courses to our family’s needs.  Whether we want to complete a course faster than the suggested schedule or at a slower pace, we can adapt the plans on the site to meet our family’s needs.

Another section I spend a lot of time visiting is the sections devoted just to parents.  From planners to teaching tips to other helpful information including resources on marriage,  a wealth of information is available.   I love not having to search all over the Internet to find insights and useful information for our family.  Here is a sample of a marriage resource included on the site.

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So whether you are looking for a site that will provide all of your curriculum needs or you want to supplement your current curriculum, or you looking for a specific subject, the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.has something to offer you.  So check it out for yourself.

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Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their experiences with the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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